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22nd Oct '17 1:45:09 PM _ballerina_
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* ''Series/MagnificentCentury'' being set in a harem, pregnancy is a big plot point, but the ages of the babies once they're born rarely make any sense. By the end of season one, one character has had three babies, and the youngest was born long enough ago that she is pregnant again, so at least two but probably closer to three years pass since the start of the season, though not more. Explicitly-stated five year old Mustafa ages four to eight years between one episode and the next, with no timeskip, while infant Mehmet is just as abruptly replaced with a toddler who can walk (conveniently, as [[StrayingBaby his ability to crawl]] is pertinent to the first episode he's aged up in). Mirimah quickly goes from a baby to a walking, talking toddler between episodes, too. Presumably the creators realized it wasn't possible for all of [[spoiler: Hurrem]]'s children to be infants at the same time, especially since the season ends with her pregnancy.
** at one point, the actress playing Mahidevran and the actor playing her son Mustafa are five years apart. And that's before the TimeSkip.
29th Aug '17 6:58:19 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Cleveland Jr. was a child between the age of 7-10; on the spinoff ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', he is now 14 and looks completely different even though no one else has aged. Peter comments on this in the pilot episode. Subverted. [[spoiler:It's revealed that Fat Cleveland Jr is actually a spy who killed and replaced the original Cleveland Jr]].

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Cleveland Jr. was a child between the age of 7-10; on the spinoff ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', he is now 14 and looks completely different even though no one else has aged. Peter comments on this in the pilot episode. Subverted. [[spoiler:It's revealed that Fat Cleveland Jr Jr. is actually a spy who killed and replaced the original Cleveland Jr]].Jr.]]



*** Sanjays young son Jamshed actually returned in season 27 as a teenager who just got back from college, it should be noted that in his first appearance he was clearly younger than Bart and Lisa.

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*** Sanjays Sanjay's young son Jamshed actually returned in season 27 as a teenager who just got back from college, it should be noted that in his first appearance he was clearly younger than Bart and Lisa.
29th Aug '17 6:55:43 PM 64SuperNintendo
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12th Aug '17 8:10:31 PM jccw227
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* Richie from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' was a toddler in the show's first season. By the second season, he's at least four or five.
17th Apr '17 12:49:40 PM AireDaleDogz
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** In the original ''Sims 1'' as well as ''The Sims 4'', babies age directly up into children. (Though, a patch for the Sims 4 reintroduced toddlers.)

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** In the original ''Sims 1'' as well as ''The Sims 4'', babies age directly up into children. (Though, a patch for the ''The Sims 4 4'' reintroduced toddlers.)
17th Apr '17 12:49:12 PM AireDaleDogz
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** In the original ''Sims 1'' as well as ''The Sims 4'', babies age directly up into children.

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** In the original ''Sims 1'' as well as ''The Sims 4'', babies age directly up into children. (Though, a patch for the Sims 4 reintroduced toddlers.)
16th Mar '17 10:02:10 PM JMQwilleran
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** The ones that ''were'' PlotRelevantAgeUp situations were less "someone becomes older as a plot point" and more "Textbook SORAS with a one-line HandWave." For completeness sake... Alexander's TheOtherDarrin-ing in TNG takes him from preschooler to ten-ish in a few episodes and an ''older teenager'' by ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', and Naomi from Voyager's sudden skipping of a few years to take her from infant to major recurring character, her usual actress being her third. Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki, even refers to Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome by name in both these cases. It's especially glaring when aliens who live twice as long as humans grow up in one-third the time.

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** The ones that ''were'' PlotRelevantAgeUp situations were less "someone becomes older as a plot point" and more "Textbook SORAS with a one-line HandWave." For completeness sake... Alexander's TheOtherDarrin-ing in TNG takes him from preschooler to ten-ish in a few episodes and an ''older teenager'' by ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', and Naomi from Voyager's sudden skipping of a few years to take her from infant to major recurring character, her usual actress being her third. Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki, even refers to Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome by name in both these cases. It's especially glaring when aliens who live twice as long as humans grow up in one-third the time. Naomi's, however, is [[{{Handwave}} handwaved]] by her character being part alien.
11th Jan '17 2:25:10 PM Luppercus
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* ''Grimm'': Diana Schade-Renard was whisked away as an infant in the last episode of season 5. She returned a girl of around 5 midway through season 6. She is 3/4 ''hexenbiest'' though so this may ultimately be a factor of her supernatural biology.

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* ''Grimm'': ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Diana Schade-Renard was whisked away as an infant in the last episode of season 5. She returned a girl of around 5 midway through season 6. She is 3/4 ''hexenbiest'' though so this may ultimately be a factor of her supernatural biology.biology.
* Alexis in ''Series/FallingSkies'', the daughter of Toman Mason and Anne, grows to adulthood in a few months due to BizarreAlienBiology as she's a HalfHumanHybrid.
11th Jan '17 2:21:58 PM Luppercus
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' employs this trope. Tim Allen's grandson Boyd, is a toddler in potty-training at the start of season one (but vanishes at about the halfway mark). In season two he is now a 5 year-old. Not to mention the boy's mother is now TheOtherDarrin.
10th Jan '17 12:10:00 PM nlpnt
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** Flat-out inverted in Bobby's case; he was recast three times for a total of four actors with the result that he was no younger than 4 or 5 in 1960 but somehow still not a teenager in 1970.
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